One law for everybody – how dangerous!


According to the BBC, the Archbishop of Canterbury has just said in an interview “there’s one law for everybody… I think that’s a bit of a danger”. He was talking about the introduction of Sharia Law for certain classes of litigation and for certain litigants (Muslims presumably).

Blind justice

Personally I’m not convinced. There’s a very good reason for justice to be blind. Good enough for that to be the statue on top of the Old Bailey. Introducing a different legal system for a particular subgroup seems to me to be the danger, not the concept of “one law for everybody”.

I fully support the Archbish’s right to talk about these issues and he’s not a stupid man. And I’m sure the quote was taken slightly out of context (just as I have done here, I suppose). But I’m a strong believer in demonstrating that something is really broken before you decide to fix it. The principle of one law for everybody has stood the test of a considerable amount of time.

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1 Response to “One law for everybody – how dangerous!”


  1. 1 Dominic Sayers June 11, 2008 at 13:03

    John Mortimer pointed out, and closer inspection reveals it to be true, that the famous statue is *not* blindfolded. It’s an urban myth.

    Oops.


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